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The Right To Unionise

By Ed McDonnell (see bottom of page)

Below this introductory text is

the work, free to download.

Whether or not people think of themselves as

workers (many do not), the great majority are.

They do know, full well, what power employers

have over themselves and other workers in

making a living. But they do not really know

how business people (and public employers),

get this power, or how they themselves

have the right, as workers, to get even

with them by unionizing.


Using everyday language and our common

experience, The Right To Unionise shows

how employers get this power. They should not

be bosses because, according to economic theory,

workers trade with them in the job deal as equals.

And The Right To Unionise shows, in the language

of their own free market economics, how business

people use marginal utility on people as if they are

just inert goods.

It shows how it is unacceptable, a big political issue,

that they have and use this power, often brutally,

over supposedly all-in-it-together fellow-nationals,


It shows how business people and governments

obstructing citizens from organising together,

(as business people can, but in unions), should

also be unacceptable, how it should be a civil

right, a constitutional right.

Free Downloads click on the red .pdf  links

1.           The book

The Right To Unionise.pdf   v.2023.10, 210 pages -

Titled The Right To Organise In Unions until v.2023.5, June 2023

2.         A standalone short download.


Employers are organised, as businesses

and as public bodies. Their organisation

is recognised in law and, obviously, in

workplaces. We are entitled to our

organisation as workers to

be recognised at work too.

3.         A single page of summary diagrams

The Right To Unionise Chart.pdf

4.         Buy a print copy of The Right To Unionise,

coil-bound for easy reading, at 11.00 GBP

or equivalent, plus postage from

'The Right to Unionise' on

A Quick Read of The Right To Unionise -

People know they would be stronger unionised

but need to be able to make the case more clearly

to each other and to be able to make the political

case for their entitlement to be.

Here, the key point:

An employer is stronger than a worker not because

they can get someone else from the unemployed

but because, in our industrialised societies, they

already have someone else, in fact many others,

because they usually have many staff. Because of

that, they have not much need for any one worker

and can drive a hard bargain with them, as they do.

So the deal you make with an employer for a job,

on your own is unfair. So unfair, in such an

important activity as making your living, it is

totally wrong and unacceptable.

This, the core of the case for the right to unionise,

urgently needs making, to fellow workers, to

people generally, the media, and politicians.

It should include the point that businesses

are people organized together. So are public

services. They act together, as organizations,

collectively, all day, every day. This is how

they can dominate everybody else.

The majority, mostly workers, should get

each other to see why they too have the right

to organize and act together, collectively. Not

as a right for the unions but for themselves,


Its the biggest political problem we have

because, without the majority of people

being organized, it leaves not only earning

a living but also politics, the most important

public activities, to be dominated by business

people, in their own self-confessedly selfish,

private interests.

Its time we caught up with the Industrial Revolution:

They are organised, We need to be.

And are entitled to be.


The Right To Unionise is taken from

The System Explained which is at

The Right To Unionise includes these

summary reads of The System Explained -

(both here in large text for reading on phones/devices.)

The Ten Minute Read.pdf

The Twenty Minute Read.pdf

Reviews of 'The System Explained' -

North West Labour History -

far from an academic handbook on your

rights at work; has the feel of the shop floor.

The late Tony Benn, socialist activist and politician -

a great book to explain the essentials.


Ed McDonnell is a retired lecturer.

He taught courses for union workplace

reps/shop stewards and has been active

in the labour movement and class politics

for fifty years, in the UK.

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